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More than 200 projects to install electric vehicle charging points across the UK have been approved as part of a £300 million green recovery scheme, of which just over half represents new funding for RIIO-ED1.
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National Grid’s chief financial officer has promised a “light touch” approach to integrating Western Power Distribution (WPD) into the wider business after the deal completes in July. Andy Agg spoke to Utility Week following the group's full-year financial results.
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Greater flexibility could cut energy system costs by £16.7 billion per year by 2050, according to new research from the Carbon Trust and Imperial College London. The report said flexibility should be embedded into all sectors of the energy system – power, heat and transport – to reduce the impact and cost of their decarbonisation.
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Andrew Urquhart, head of whole system at SSEN Transmission, outlines the response to the company’s earlier paper exploring the case for reforms to transmission network charges to address concerns that their volatility, unpredictability and regional variation are deterring investment in new generation.
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As part of our Countdown to COP campaign, Utility Week presents a showcase of some of the most promising energy storage technologies. Tom Grimwood explores the potential - and the limitations - of solutions ranging from flow batteries to liquid air energy storage and the use of gravity, among others.
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As the second anniversary of the vote to implement a net zero emissions by 2050 target fast approaches, Data Communications Company chief executive Angus Flett talks about the crucial need for a smart EV network. Specifically, how a new trial taking place at the DCC’s Manchester testing facility can provide solutions to augment the current approach to EV charging.
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Later this year, National Grid will launch the longest subsea interconnector in the world. Nicola Medalova was appointed as the group’s managing director of interconnectors in April. She writes for Utility Week, as part of our Countdown to COP campaign, on the importance of international co-operation in maximising the potential of renewable generation.
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Flexibility markets should factor in carbon impacts, rather than just prioritising delivery at the lowest cost, an industry expert has urged. Jeff Hardy, a senior research fellow at the Grantham Institute for Climate Change and the Environment at Imperial College London, also called for greater integration between markets at the local and national level to enable providers to “stack up” deals.
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The government has been urged to invest £40 million to improve advice on science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) careers in schools and colleges in England. A new report from EngineeringUK highlights the added difficulties presented by the pandemic in connecting young people with employers in sectors such as utilities.
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Introducing carbon MOTs for customers’ homes could help with the lack of understanding around the impact domestic heating has on net zero, a new report has suggested. The report, Getting to net zero, by Energy Systems Catapult on behalf of Shell Energy Retail includes new polling which shows just nine per cent of customers plan to switch to low-carbon heating when they replace their current boiler.
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Gridserve has bought the remaining stake in Ecotricity’s Electric Highway less than three months after purchasing a minority stake in the business. The electric vehicle (EV) network was established in 2011 by the green energy supplier and it was revealed in March this year that Gridserve was to invest in the company and upgrade its charging infrastructure.
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The Independent Networks Association (INA) has called for the implementation of the Future Homes Standard to be coordinated with planning and regulatory milestones for electricity and gas networks. Executive director Nicola Pitts told Utility Week it should possibly be delayed until the end of the RIIO2 price controls for electricity distribution in 2028, giving networks time to establish how flexibility from heat pumps can be used to reduce their impact on the power grid.
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Electricity networks are seeking £29 million of funding through Ofgem’s Network Innovation Competition for projects exploring demand from heat pumps, flexibility trading and smart local energy systems. The regulator has published the submissions for the four out of six projects that made it through the initial screening process.
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Eon has launched a salary sacrifice scheme for its employees, helping them to lease an electric vehicle (EV) as part of its sustainability aims. The large supplier electrified its company cars in 2019 and the new salary sacrifice scheme will allow non-company car drivers to access an EV.
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In our latest review of sector coverage in the national newspapers, it is claimed that Bulb has struck a deal to delay repaying £55 million of loans. Meanwhile, new figures show gas use in April and May was up by a third and electric vehicle charge points are to get an “iconic” makeover.
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